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Be nice to your skin

 

Clean skin is happy skin.

And happy kids are those who get to enjoy their daily activities freely.

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As such, it is important for them to have healthy skin, which is achievable even if their skin is sensitive.

QV products are designed to suit varying skin types and severity of conditions. QV’s gentle non-soap cleansers refresh the skin and have a pH similar to the skin’s own pH so they are less likely to irritate and maintain skin’s natural oils. . Moisturising skin with one of QV’s gentle moisturizers immediately after cleansing can help to hydrate your skin and seal in its natural moisture.

So it is no surprise why I choose to use QV products for my girls and myself.

Sharleez has eczema ever since she was born. So I make it a point to keep her eczema at bay. I have seen some kids with really bad eczema. It is really such a pity because eczema can be really uncomfortable once the itching comes. And itching will lead to scratching, which in turn leads to worse itching.

Sharleez’s skin is exceptionally dry too. It is therefore important to keep her skin moisturized with products like QV.

It is really important to NOT USE SCENTED CREAMS OR LOTIONS if your kid has eczema. Instead, use moisturizers that are fragrance free and non-greasy like QV.

During shower, Sharleez will use QV Gentle Wash, which is a gentle yet effective alternative to soap. It also helps to boost the skin’s hydration by replenishing the skin’s moisture. And because it is mild, you can use it on the face and on baby’s delicate skin even.

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Right after shower, she will use QV Cream, which contains 3 types of moisturizers to help soothe and replenish dry and sensitive skin. It is ideal for dry areas like elbows, knees and hands.

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Most importantly, it is proven to moisturize dry skin for 24 hours!

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Of course, QV products are also suitable for normal skin.

Mysha and Myreen are also using the same skincare as Sharleez.

And yes, you read it right. I have sensitive skin too.

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For myself, I use QV Face range products, which include:

  • QV Face Moisturizing Day Cream with SPF30

This moisturizer is great for daily use as it is non-greasy. It is great for use under makeup or on its own too!

  • QV Face Gentle Cleanser

I like how this cleanser cleanses without leaving the skin feeling tight or dry. It also contains Vitamin E which helps to improve skin elasticity and reduce roughness.

  • QV Face Rescue Gel

This one is god sent! It helps to refresh, cool and tone sensitive and tired skin and restores the skin’s natural appearance!

  • QV Face Nurturing Night cream

This night cream helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I make it a point to use it before bedtime!

QV Face range has been specifically developed for normal to sensitive skin. The products have been dermatologically tested for their irritation and sensitisation potential making them suitable for the delicate skin of the face. Each QV Face formulation is free from fragrance and lanolin and combines ingredients such as Enhanced PCa+TM, Avemid 15TM, Vitamin B3 Complex and Safflower oil to help protect and hydrate delicate skin. The result is clearer, firmer, smoother and more radiant looking skin.

Ladies, it is important for people to realize that a complete cleansing and moisturizing routine is the best way to help with sensitive skin. Even when cleansing with soap alternative, it is important to moisturize afterwards.

There are many QV products designed to suit varying skin types and severity of conditions.

And guess what?

QV Skincare, has launched the latest range to join its comprehensive skincare collection, QV Baby!

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Big sisters Mysha and Myreen cannot wait to slather their baby brother’s skin with QV baby products!

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The paediatrician recommended QV Baby range contains the trusted soap, fragrance and irritant-free formulation Australia has used to cleanse and moisturise sensitive skin types for many years.

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While QV Baby formulations are gentle as a mother’s touch, the products are designed to help in the relief of dry skin and protection against irritants such as nappy rash, which is a common problem almost every baby faces.

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The Little Fella’s Birth Story

You have been waiting for this rightttttttt?

I have been trying to find the time to put together my birth story. Whatever time I had, I typed out in my notepad first as I lay in bed while my baby was sleeping or while I was nursing him.

Here it goes.

When I went for my last gynae check up on 4 August 2016, I was secretly hoping for some progress because I was already 39weeks and 2 days pregnant.

The attending gynae did some serious digging VE on me before telling me that my cervix was still far, far, farrrrrr behind.

This was my Facebook update after that checkup.

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The day before the check up, I also had my massage session and my Nenek Urut told me that my tummy was still high up. She was right. Everyone told me the same thing too.

“Relax, your tummy still very high. It will not be anytime soon.”

OKAY FINE.

So yeah, I was already prepared to wait till my 40th week and give birth to an overdue baby.

But I was secretly hoping that I could still give birth to him on the 5th somehow.

5 has always been my favourite number ley.

5 August 2016:

When I went to bed that night, I could not sleep well. Things did not seem right. At about 3 am, the contractions started. I was actually unsure at first. After all, this was the first time I got to really experience contractions naturally Previous pregnancies,  I was induced and contractions came later by force. So okay, I started to monitor the contractions. They kept coming and going. Strong. Persistent. Repetitive. They started to come really close together unlike the normal lame Braxton Hicks contractions. So I just had the urge to start timing. True enough, they came every 4 to 5 minutes. And they continued to come and go all the way.

When the girls were getting ready for school, I was still in bed timing the contractions because I am a freak like that. Still 4 to 5 minutes apart. Painful, yes. But bearable still. That was about 6 am.

At 7 am, just when Tatek and the girls left the house for school, I saw a dark pink mucusy discharge with a tinge of red.

IT WAS THE BLOODY SHOW!

So I called Tatek ever so calmly and said,

“B, I think right, it’s time. But no worries, I want to shower first.”

He panicked lah obviously. Forever panicking, this guy.

He was like,

“Alamak! REALLY??? Ok ok you faster get ready now!”

I asked him to pass the phone to the girls and I informed them one by one that I would be going to the hospital soon. Told them what they needed to do upon reaching home from school and explained to my helper what needed to be done also.

I then took a nice warm shower (because that’s what almost everyone who is in labour will do before she goes to the hospital) despite the contractions which kept coming.

Still bearable.

Got myself ready. And yes, I do mean putting on makeup. I figured why not? Since I could still do it, then do it. I wanted to look reasonably okay when I greeted my boy, bearing in mind that I have this birth story to put up. So thoughtful of me, huh? Want to give birth also still think of my blog readers.

Hur Hur.

Here you go. My last picture with my tummy.

I am actually already missing it as I am typing this (with a flabby tummy as a replacement).

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39 weeks 3 days pregnant – that was how long I carried my boy in my tummy.

So anyway, we bought KFC for breakfast. My breakfast was the porridge and the chicken burger.

YA I ATE BOTH. CANNOT AH?

I told Tatek to let him satisfy my final cravings before confinement.

He was like “Ya ya ya.”

Ate inside the car on the way to KKH, of course.

Reached the delivery suite at about 9.50 am.

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The nurse asked whether I wanted to self admit myself or whether I wanted to be given painkillers so that I could go home and manage the contractions.

I requested for self admission, duh!

“Just give birth already lah!” I was telling myself.

I was given delivery room number 12. No significance actually the number. But just telling you lah.

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Changed into my white hospital gown woohoooooooooo! #OOTD

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Time check: 10.02 am

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Since Dr Suzanna was still on leave till 6 pm, Dr Jessie Phoon attended to me.

She came in at about 11 am to say hello before doing a VE.

“You are already 3 cm! Good job! Yesterday your cervix was still not ready. Must be the VE I did on you!”

I think so too, doc.

So from 11 am I was just lying down, checking my nails, and tolerating the contractions.

No lah, actually was already in so much pain.

Look at my face.

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And then I did some mental calculation too.

3 cm at 11 am.
I would most probably be 10 cm at night.
Contractions were already unbearable because they were 3 minutes apart.

There was no time to recuperate from one before the next one hit.

So should I lie down, get the contractions to accompany me till night and be in a very, very very, bad mood meanwhile?
Or should I opt for epidural and be happy and calm so that I could reserve my energy and then concentrate on giving birth when the time comes?

Of course I decided to opt for the latter.

Time check: 12.10 pm

Epidural was administered.
And unlike the previous ones where the husband was not allowed to be inside, this time round Tatek was allowed to be inside – not to observe how the epidural was administered, but to distract me while it was being administered. After all, we are talking about my back being jabbed by big needles.

Ewwwwww.

 

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After it was done, I was lying down happily. I even took a selfie because I was thinking, “Yay cannot really feel the pain now.”

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Pretty or act pretty? Doesn’t matter because I was in pain again soon after the picture above. LOL.

I started to notice that only the right side of my body was numb even after twenty minutes. The left side was not. I could still feel the painful contractions on the left side. LIKE SUPER PAINFUL! So I asked the nurse whether it was normal.

Apparently the reason why that happened was because I was lying down on my side and facing the left right after the epidural was administered. Not my fault actually because the nurse requested I lie down in such a manner so that they could detect the baby’s heartbeat.

They inserted a higher dosage of epidural in order to numb the left side of my body a bit more.

Time check: 3.15 pm

5 cm dilated

“Wow that was fast!” I thought to myself.

Mind you, I was not induced this time round, unlike the previous TWO pregnancies with my THREE girls. So it was really like a first time experience for me. I was pretty excited actually to know that my cervix dilated naturally.

While waiting for time to pass by, I listened to all the Surah collection that I have compiled for my baby and myself. Special thanks to my family friend Liyanah for preparing for me the list of dua to ease my labour, and personally delivering air zamzam to my house for me! She did not have to, but she did! So touched by her kind gesture.

Okay back to the birth story.

The husband was really wide awake this time round. Thank goodness he managed to have a good night sleep the night before so he was very alert and attentive to my needs this time round. And oh, he helped me take a lot of photos too! LOL. Guess he was just excited to see his son.

He even took a picture of his Husband’s Pass!

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And he arranged the baby clothes before taking a picture!

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Meanwhile, my girls were at home waiting anxiously for me to give birth. They were already dressed for the hospital and waiting for the right time to rush to the hospital! Yes, they were that eager to meet their baby brother.

Meanwhile, they did whatever I had told them to do!

They showered and ate their lunch.

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They did their school work.

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They performed their prayers with my helper.

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Awwwwwwwwww.

My mum took the pictures above and updated me via the family group chat.

So sweet of them, right? <3

For every progress I made, Tatek would also update the family group chat so that everyone was well-informed.

Time check: 5.47 pm

8 cm dilated

OH MY GOD!

The midwife on duty asked me whether I already felt the sensation to push.

AHHHH SENSATION!
Been so long since I last heard that word.
You can click HERE to get what I mean.

But no lah, no sensation yet.
Didn’t feel any pressure down there even.
And besides, it was not 6 pm yet.
I wanted to wait for my gynae Dr Suzanna!

Oh, my water bag broke somewhere in between. I didn’t even feel wet down there. I only realized it broke when the midwife told me. I was like, “Oh water bag broke already? Okay!” LOL.

At about 6.15 pm, Dr Suzanna arrived and she screamed,

“Diahhhhhhhh! Baby waiting for me is it?”

Noting the fact that I was already 8 cm dilated, Dr Suzanna told me that I was making really good progress so far since everything happened naturally without having the need to induce.

“Since everything is progressing on its own, do expect a faster labour this time round, Diah.”

Ya. I think she said something like that lah.

Time check: 6.30 pm

Dr Suzanna did another check down there and said ever so casually,

“Diah, I can see your baby’s head already, you know? His hair is so thick! Husband, you want to see?”

Tatek took a look and told me excitedly,

“B, his hair very thick! I can see his head already!”

Dr Suzanna continued,
“Diah, you wanna push now or wait till you feel the sensation? If you push now, baby will be out in about two pushes only. Wanna try?”

Of course that made me want to push baby out all the more!

I could not wait to see the cheeky little fella who had been kicking me so much during my pregnancy.

 

Time check: 6.43 pm

So I started doing my thing.
Took a super deep breath, exhaled and gave a long pushhhhhhhhhh like I wanted to pass motion like that.

“Excellent Diah! Just one more long push! You are doing well! We might not even need to stitch you up!”

 

Time check: 6.48 pm

I gave it one more long push and the little fella was out!

5 MINUTES OF PUSHING???!!!!!!

 

 

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I was like, “Eh that’s it? Baby’s out? Seriously?” 

 

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I couldn’t grasp it even then. It was all just happening so fast and I wanted to savor it all.

But hey,

HELLO LITTLE FELLA! 

(I waited forever for your arrival and ended up shopping too much, you know?!)

When I went for my last checkup with the gynae the day before I gave birth, I was told that baby’s estimated weight was around 2.8 kg to 2.9 kg.

But errrmmm.

 

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I am just so excited to introduce my boy to the world!

Born on 5 August 2016 at 6.48 PM, weighing 3.54 kg and measuring 51 cm.

: Shakeel Adly :

 

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Shakeel means: Handsome & good looking.

Adly means: Of fairness and justice

Insya’allah.

I was told that the moment Tatek updated the family group chat when baby was out, my girls jumped and shouted uncontrollably. Then they rushed and pestered my parents to quickly drive them to the hospital so that they could see their baby brother.

LOLOL.

And they waited along the corridor outside the delivery suite with a bouquet of flowers for me, no less.

 

 

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Oh, they even got a gift for their baby brother!

It’s a baby shark keychain!

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“His name is Shakeel right Mummy? So we got him a Baby Shark because his nickname is going to be that!”

EXCELLENT IDEAS, GIRLS!

Can my daughters get any sweeter than this?

I know they are going to be the best sisters to their baby brother!

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And as my way of saying thank you to them and to reaffirm the fact that I love them no less now that the baby brother is out, I surprised them with a gift each which I had prepared weeks before I gave birth.

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Of course they were so thrilled to receive the gifts, and even happier after they unwrapped their gifts.

Oh there is another picture that I must share with you –  my mum sitting on the floor with my girls while waiting for us to be out from the delivery suite.

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Really a touching sight, right? So much love for all them lah. <3

Big thank you to my family and everyone else for your prayers and well-wishes. 

Thank you to my husband for being there throughout for me, and for being so patient with me. <3

As usual, my big family came to visit on the same day. Every single one of them. Needless to say, the hospital ward was as noisy as a wet market with their presence! LOLOLOLOL.

BUT I LOVE THEM ALL LAHHHH!

 

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Special thanks to the best gynae in the whole wide world, Dr Suzanna Sulaiman from KKH! All my checkups with her had been nothing but pleasant and stress free! She is such an easygoing gynae, and is also so assuring and encouraging.

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And I do not know how she did what she did when I was in labour, but she was really so cool, calm and relaxed all the way. I just love her strong positive aura!

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So yes, I will highly recommend her if you are looking for a gynae but do be prepared to wait and wait because she is one of the most popular gynaes at KKH! Don’t say I never warned you. 😀

Okay I am done with the birth story.

Alhamdullilah for this easy labour. I couldn’t have done it without your prayers and support all along.

Sorry I took more than a week. I am after all a mother to four kids now. *gulps*

It all seemed like a blur, getting pregnant, my pregnancy, labour – it felt like a blip in time.

Still adjusting.

Still trying to adapt to changes.

Still trying to learn to divide my time.

Still getting used to breastfeeding and sore nipples.

Still trying to get the hang of expressing milk.

Still getting used to wearing hideous maternity bras which only make my boobs sag even more.

Still getting used to rushing every time and all the time.

Still trying to get used to the idea of having a baby yet again. (The last time I had a baby babies was eight years ago!)

But I am definitely so in love with my baby Shakeel.

This boy means a lot to me. A lot.

I didn’t have it easy during the first few months of pregnancy. Very challenging. Very depressing. Now that he’s here, it feels like everything is finally in place. I am going to do the best I can and take really good care of him. 

I will never ever forget what it feels like to long for your baby being handed in your arms – it’s so real, you can touch it. There is so much more I could write and I will – in the chapters of my life to come.

But for now, this is the birth story of Shakeel Adly, my fourth child and only boy.

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I am complete now.

(Okay fine I remember saying “I am complete” so many times before his arrival. But this time, I am really, really, reaaaalllllly complete!)

<3 <3 <3

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#MyNumber4: Anytime Now.

I should have updated my blog more frequently throughout this pregnancy.

Should but didn’t.

HUR HUR.

I am almost at the last stage of my pregnancy now. Whoops? As I am typing this, I am already 37 weeks and 3 days pregnant. Yay I have reached full term! Alhamdulillah.

What a jerky ride it has been so far!

Let’s recap the tummy progress with my never-ending selfies in the toilet (well, most of them), shall we?

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HOW TIME FLIES!

Suddenly, I am anxiously waiting for the little fella to make his appearance anytime from now.

Meanwhile, the third trimester common annoyances have already started in anticipation of his arrival.

What are they?

Oh, I will be more than glad to list them down for you because frankly speaking, I really need to vent it out. LOL.

  1. Frequent urination – I am talking about going to the toilet every 1 hour or 2 hours. I can no longer hold my urine very long.

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It is due to the increased pressure on my bladder.

  1. Vaginal Pain – My vagina feels really sore and bruised, especially after walking for quite a bit or at night when I am sleeping.

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It is due to the pressure on my cervix. My cervix is most probably starting to dilate.

  1. Pelvic Pains – I will always feel sharp pains and pressure in my pelvic area. Getting out of bed at night to go to the toilet is especially challenging.

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This is due to the shifting of my pelvic bones and the loosening of the ligaments attached to my pelvic bones. Apparently, the more pregnancies you have, the more you will experience these pelvic sensations. Crap.

  1. Insomnia – I think I can already safely say goodbye to a good night’s sleep from now till the baby is born. I have been waking up every hour to go to the toilet. Finding a comfortable position to sleep is almost impossible. Shifting from one position to another is so hard due to the pelvic pains I am experiencing. The little fella’s rapid and violent movements can get pretty uncomfortable too.

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I think the reasons I stated above explain everything. Need I elaborate still?

  1. Restless Legs Syndrome – This is really super annoying. Each time when I am lying down and the limb is still, my foot, calf and upper legs will feel really uncomfortable. I will get so restless and easily annoyed as a result.

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I did my readings and they say this may be due to iron and/or folic acid deficiency become I got pregnant. Not my fault lah. I did not plan to get pregnant again in the first place, you know? LOL.

  1. Braxton Hicks Contractions – I guess this is something that every pregnant woman will need to experience. My problem however, is to differentiate the real contractions from the err…not real ones? See, for my previous pregnancies, I was induced. When I was pregnant with Sharleez, my water bag broke. So I had to be induced once I reached the hospital as I was not even 0.00000000000001cm dilated. When I was pregnant with the twins, I chose to be induced a week before raya. So I can safely say that for both pregnancies, I did not really get the opportunity to experience them contractions naturally. I only got to experience them after I was induced.

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Warm ups for the real thing, they say.

Many of you have emailed and PM-ed me to ask for tips and recommendations for a lot of baby related issues. My apologies if I have yet to reply to you.

So let me now list down some recommendations for you to consider, mummies and mummies to be! 

My chosen gynae: 

I do look forward to my checkups with Dr Suzanna at KKH Private Suite.

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I remember asking for gynae recommendations the other time and almost everyone asked me to try Dr Suzanna. When I called KKH appointment hotline somewhere in January this year to fix an appointment with Dr Suzanna, I was informed that she would only be available sometime in May! Yes, she is THAT popular. Of course I could not wait that long to see her. So I thought I should just choose another gynae. However, one of my followers was kind enough to contact me and she asked me whether I would like it if she were to give her 25 February (my birthday!) appointment to me. Here’s the story. She had initially chosen Dr Suzanna as her gynae but decided at the very last minute to go with her previous gynae instead. Of course I said yes immediately! Such a perfect birthday gift! And yes, that was how I have managed to secure Dr Suzanna as my gynae. I am truly blessed to have wonderful followers who are always more than eager to lend me a helping hand whenever possible. Heart you guys a lot!

And just for the record, Dr Suzanna is indeed a super duper awesome gynae! Whenever I meet her, I feel really at ease. She is so warm, jovial, friendly and approachable. The things she says will always make me feel like everything is going to be alright. She is not the kind to make me worry unnecessarily.

My chosen hospital:

Even though this is already my third pregnancy, I still choose KKH. Okay fine, service wise, I have heard a lot of horror stories from patients. Some even complained about their bad experience with the nurses at KKH or the long waiting period. My take on these issues? I have yet to experience anything negative throughout my pregnancies. In fact, I enjoyed my stay so much for my previous pregnancies till I did not hesitate to choose KKH again this time. My previous gynaes are now at Thomson Medical, and I could have easily chosen Thomson Medical if I wanted to, you know? But I just like the environment at KKH. I like how I can always (window)shop at Mothercare and the other baby stores there after every check up. I like how most of the food at the Kopitiam is HALAL. And most importantly, I like how pink my hospital gown is. LOL.

Registration for admission has already been done! Thank you Tatek for making sure everything is done on time so that I will not end up panicking at the very last minute.

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My chosen baby store:

Shopping for baby stuff started the moment I reached my sixth month of pregnancy. Most of the baby necessities like stroller, car seat, baby bath set, bottles, breast pump, baby swaddle, diaper bag and baby monitor set, we got them from Motherswork (Great World City).

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Thank you Motherswork for putting together the best of everything we need for our baby, all under one roof! Super convenient. You can even shop online by clicking HERE.  For purchases above $800, you will also get to enjoy free delivery!

I am going to share with you my purchases from Motherswork along the way, so do keep a lookout, okay?

It is just so therapeutic to shop for the baby. So every outing of mine these days must include shopping for baby stuff. Even my girls love shopping for their baby brother! Whenever I fetch them from school, they will always ask me, “Mummy, can we go to a baby shop today and buy something for Adik?”

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You know, I really thought this pregnancy would be a breeze. After all, this is not my first time being pregnant. Whenever people asked me about previous pregnancies, I have always said how much I enjoyed them.

So when I found out that I was pregnant again with baby no.4 (totally unplanned, okay!), I thought I would be a pro at this whole pregnancy thing. But I forgot to take into consideration that the last time I got pregnant was 7 years ago! And 7 years ago, I was not even 30 yet. Now, I am 35. I guess age does play a big part too.

But my morning sickness throughout the first and second trimester really made me so miserable and depressed. I could not really do or eat anything much. I was nauseous 24/7. I had excess saliva 24/7. I could not tolerate so many things including my mother’s cooking. I hated the smell of garlic. I hated the smell of my husband’s perfume (and this was the case for my previous pregnancies too!). Maybe he should just consider changing his perfume for good. LOL.

All of a sudden, I could no longer function like a normal person. My sufferings made me question why I was pregnant again after so many years. Believe me, it was that bad. I was just soooo moody.

Things only got better for me in the middle of my second trimester. Appetite started to improve. I stopped spitting excess saliva. I started to smile a bit more when I saw how my tummy was growing.

But the bigger the tummy gets, the lesser clothes I have to wear. Every day is a constant belly struggle to find clothes that fit.

Oh don’t get me started on all the pregnancy myths too. I can go on and on and onnnnnnnnn.

But don’t care lah, I will still start.

Myth 1:

“You will look extra good and glow-y when you are pregnant with a baby boy.”

It is nothing but a myth! I do not think that it is true. It actually really depends on your condition. If you are having a bad morning sickness or nausea, of course you will not really have the mood or energy to dress up. That was the case for me during the first few months FOR ALL OF MY PREGNANCIES. Frankly, it has nothing to do with the fact that you are pregnant with a boy or girl.

I always take the extra effort to dress up whenever I go out because it makes me feel good. On certain days, it will take me longer to get ready (due to my laziness or nausea) but I will still dress up all the same.

Myth 2:

“If you are pregnant with a baby boy, your nose will expand and look bigger.”

Wah I tell you, I keep looking at my nose every single day but it still looks the same. Thank goodness! I am not too sure why this happens to some pregnant mummies but it is definitely not because of the gender of the baby you are pregnant with. At least, not for me lah.

 

Myth 3:

“The shape of the tummy determines the gender of the baby.”

They say that if you are pregnant with a girl, your tummy will be high and wide. And if you are pregnant with a boy, your tummy will be low and narrow (protrudes outward, towards the front). But my tummy was protruded outwards towards the front when I was pregnant with my girls (including the twins!). And my tummy still protrudes outwards towards the front when I am pregnant with my boy. And it is very round too, like a ball. So round till my girls will always hug it tight and exclaim, “EEEEEEEEE SO CUTEEEEEEEE LAHHHHH I FEEL LIKE BITING YOUR TUMMY!”

I will not deny the fact that I do enjoy watching my belly grow bigger and rounder by the day. Of course I enjoy feeling the little fella’s movements. Of course I enjoy getting treated like a diva by everyone. Of course I enjoy throwing tantrums while using my pregnancy as a valid excuse. Of course I enjoy escaping from attending events or functions that I would not be able to escape from otherwise. Of course I enjoy all the special privileges. And of course I will miss whatever I have just mentioned the moment the little fella is out.

But along with this pregnancy and the arrival of the little fella anytime soon, I will also miss a lot of other things too.

Other things like spending girlie time with my daughters, having lots of ME time when girls are in school, and napping as and when I like it without the need to worry about anything else.

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I am sure my daughters too will miss having me all to themselves. I am sure they will miss our late nights together. I am sure they will miss going out with me to watch movies. I am sure they will miss taking turns to sleep next to me.

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Having said that, I want to thank them also for being such sweet and helpful daughters throughout my pregnancy. They have done whatever they possibly can to make me happy – from the daily head massages to tummy rubs to them taking charge of their little brother’s wardrobe! It’s all them! Thank you Nadyas! I am sure your baby brother will love you girls a lot once he is out. <3

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But for now, you practise with this dummy first, can? LOL.

My husband, as excited as he is for the arrival of his son, will definitely feel like he can never have my fullest attention anymore. NAWWW. I mean, I have been spending so much time on the girls since they were babies till now. And just when we thought that parenting would get easier for us when the girls are more independent, out comes the baby. LOL. So let’s just stick to wefies as and when we can, okay Tatek?

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Looks like ALL OF US will need to make a lot of adjustments to our current lifestyle. Not just me. Not just the girls. Not just my husband.

I REPEAT, ALL OF US.

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Arghhhhh.

Did I mention that being emotional is one of the major annoyances during the third trimester too?

Wait. What am I saying?

I have been emotional throughout the entire pregnancy!

Okay okay, lets add an element of fun to this blog post.

How about we do a poll and guess when the little fella will make his grand arrival?

SET?

Thank you for your participation!

This has been done in good fun.

At the end of the day, please just pray for me to have a safe delivery to a healthy baby boy, okay?

Insya’allah.

I would really like to thank every single one of you for supporting my pregnancy with your never-ending prayers and kind words right from the start. Truly appreciate it.

May the one above bless you always.

Now, let’s just wait.

HOSPITAL IS READY TOO!

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I really am looking forward to the new addition. <3

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Hari Raya with Ribena

Now that Hari Raya is approaching, feasting and fizzy drinks will definitely be on your agenda, yes?

I cannot wait to feast too! After all, this will be my final chance to do so before I give birth and confinement food starts to haunt my life for a while. HAHA.

Speaking of drinks, I think I will instead go for a healthier alternative – something rich in Vitamin C with no artificial flavouring, sweetener nor colouring, and something that can also be used to create various types of simple dishes, dessert and beverages for Hari Raya.

Yes, I am referring to Ribena Cordial.

I simply love making different kinds of beverages using Ribena Cordial for my girls and myself!

For the upcoming Hari Raya, try preparing Ribena Longan & Lime drink your guests!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 glass of cold water
  • Ribena Cordial to taste (adjust the sweetness accordingly)
  • 3 Lime with juice extracted
  • Longan fruits
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional: Sparkling Ribena to taste (for that extra kick!)

 

How to prepare:

Need you ask? Just add everything together and your Ribena Longan & Lime Drink is ready for your guests, young and old.

Really a refreshing drink, this one! The sweetness of the Ribena Cordial goes really well with the sourness of the lime. And the longan fruits added is definitely a treat for the kids!

My girls had so much fun preparing the drink and each of them added the Ribena Cordial to their drink according to their own personal preference.

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Who doesn’t love Ribena? It is definitely every kid’s favourite drink.

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I wouldn’t mind my girls drinking Ribena over and over again during the festive season instead of all those fizzy drinks.

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The best thing about Ribena is that you can adjust the sweetness level according to your preference. What’s more, Ribena is made with 100% blackcurrants from New Zealand, and does not contain artificial sweetener, flavouring and colour.

Here are two other easy recipes that you can have fun making with your kids this Hari Raya! Refreshing and perfect for the hot weather!

Ribena Berry Nice Smoothie

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Recipe:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1 cup of chopped strawberries
  • 1 cup of fresh milk
  • Half to one cup of Ribena Cordial (depending on your preference)
  • 1 spoonful of honey (depending on your preference)
  • Ice cubes

How to make? Blend everything together!

Refreshing and cooling!

Fruity Ribena Soda

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Recipe:

  • 1 Cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 Cup blueberries
  • 1 cup logan
  • 1 cup orange / peach
  • Ribena Cordial to taste
  • Chilled soda drink
  • Ice cubes

Mix everything into your favourite cup (best to use a colourless one to see the pretty colours pop!)

Stir everything and drink.

YUMMYYYYYYYYYY! Enjoy!

Do follow Ribena Singapore in Facebook for more creative recipes using Ribena Cordial!

Here’s wishing all my Muslim followers a Selamat Hari Raya!

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#MyMumSays: “You’ll understand when you are older.”

Motherhood to me is about setting the alarm the night before, getting up in the morning when the alarm goes off, waking my kids up for school with my eyes barely open, going to the bathroom and slapping my face hard with water, looking at the mirror and sighing, brushing my teeth, and then rushing to send the girls to school in my PJs.

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Nothing glamorous at all but yet I look forward to doing the same thing every single day without ever feeling so ‘sian’. No rewards that I am hoping to get from them. Okay maybe just their handmade cards on my birthday and Mother’s Day.

The only thing I look forward to? Weekends – just so that I can wake up slightly later.

As such, I love my weekends so much!

BUT I LOVE MY GIRLS EVEN MORE.

How not to love these cuties?

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With all due respect to the working mummies out there, I have never once regretted leaving the career that I used to love so much. Why, I know that I want to be there for my kids while they are still at the super fun stage. I admit I miss working so much, and going back to the workforce one day will remain a hope that I will always hold strong to.

Of course financial wise, it is not that easy. It takes a whole lot of discipline and self-restraint, now that I am a Work at Home Mummy (‘WAHM’).

But my mum, who has been a full-time housewife ever since the day she got married, has taught me so much in this area, either directly or subtly. My mum is all about making self-sacrifices just so that she can give her children a good life. Never mind if she barely has enough for herself, as long as her children have everything that a mother could possibly give her kids.

I remember some of the quotes that #MyMumSays all the time. Well, she did not think that I would actually remember them because I always make it seem like I am never listening to her, so maybe that’s why she repeats them all the time. LOL.

ACTUALLY I DO TAKE NOTICE OF WHATEVER YOU TELL ME LAR DEAR MOTHER!

Don’t believe me?

Let me prove it to you then!

 

#MyMumSays (1):

“You know ah, I never even work after I get married and I am full-time housewife until now. Only your daddy work. Whatever money daddy give me, I use for all of your education. How come we can still have enough to bring all of you up?”

Yes mother, you are absolutely right. I admire how you could bring all four of us up with Daddy being the sole breadwinner. You did not deprive us of an education and your time. In fact, you dedicated your whole life to us ever since you became a mother.

At the end of the day, it is not about how much you earn but how much you can save for your family and kids despite your income.

For self-employed mums like me, I think we need more discipline to put aside some of our earnings. The truth is, self-employed mums like you and me generally need to keep our finances more flexible to cater for any downturns in our earnings.

Let’s face it, our income is not stable.

Just a question, how many of you contribute voluntarily to CPF?

So the question is, what are you doing to ensure you are saving enough? Are you topping up your CPF accounts voluntarily?

At this point, I know what you are thinking – it can be pretty difficult at times to remind ourselves to contribute voluntarily! I mean, most of the time, we will end up spending the money voluntarily instead. HAHA!

But seriously now, it’s really important for self-employed mums like us to contribute regularly and make sure you have sufficient Medisave savings for your future healthcare needs. This is especially important during old age, when you may have stopped working.

And I found out that there are two ways for us to make voluntary contributions to our CPF.

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Food for thought, mummies.

#MyMumSays (2):

“Go buy piggy bank for your daughters. Ask them save their pocket money. Then you must let them spend some of their savings. Don’t bully them so much. I do that for you and your siblings since young.”

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When I was still in school, Mak bought each of us a piggy bank so that we would save up our pocket money on a daily basis. At the end of the year, Mak would allow us to use a portion of the money to buy something that we wanted before depositing the rest into our banks.

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This is something valuable that I have passed on to my kids. Every day, I will make sure they save whatever money is left from school and put them into their piggy bank. They have now started on a new piggy bank because their previous one is already full!

Well done, Nadyas!

IT IS DEFINITELY IMPORTANT TO START SAVING EARLY.

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#MyMumSays (3):

“You don’t spend spend spend all the time. Must set aside some money for your kids and yourself. When you (are) old, who want to help you? Cannot depend on your kids what! I also never depend on all of you.”

This quote is something that I have to keep reminding myself over and over again because I admit that I can be quite a spendthrift at times. But hey, I spend mostly on the kids, so that’s not so bad isn’t it?

IT IS TRUE; WE HAVE TO START PLANNING FOR OUR GOLDEN YEARS!

It is important for us to save for a longer retirement or we may end up outliving our savings. The fact is, retirement will happen. If we get to live long enough, we will reach a point where we will need to leave our jobs and either settle for less demanding jobs or stop working altogether.

What happens next?

Will we have enough to survive?

Will we have enough for our medical expenses especially?

I thought about this and it is actually pretty scary if we do not start planning from now.

But we should also know that having an income for as long as we live is very important.

Apparently, it is possible.  

By the way, anyone of you heard of CPF Life before? I did not know about it prior to this so it was quite a discovery for me.

I am so sure that many of you out there are still unaware too.

So I did some reading (to prepare myself for old age LOL). Depending on your desired CPF LIFE monthly payout and your CPF balances, you can choose from a range of payout options that best suit your needs in retirement. Here’s an infographic I came across while researching, that explains the type of CPF Life Plan I can choose from.

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It is also interesting to know that one can receive a monthly payout for life of as much as $1,920 with CPF Life! May not seem like a lot right now, but I am so sure that amount will come in handy when we are old and not working anymore.

So choose wisely ladies as this is definitely a way to go when planning for your retirement nest. I am going to read up more about THIS and you should too.

And lastly,

#MyMumSays (4): 

“You must always eat supplements like me. You see I am 60 but no sickness. Every time I go checkup all very good. You young people ah don’t know how to take care of yourself.”

YAHHHHH MY MUM’S HEALTH IS TIPTOP UNTIL NOW! I REALLY ENVY HER.

But one of the things that she has practised since young is to drink lots of plain water. She will ensure that she gets her 8 glasses of water every day without fail!

I must really start to be more conscientious about my health.

REALITY IS, EVERYONE WILL GROW OLD ONE DAY.

If you brush this health issue aside, thinking that you do not have time to pay attention to it now due to your busy life, then perhaps you might want to look at your kids now and do it for them? They are your future, and their future depends on your present actions.

I am definitely doing this for my kids…and my older self.

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, MUMMIES! <3

We know that we will keep doing whatever it takes to give the best to our kids.

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And most of the time, being the best for them means giving the best to ourselves first.

What is that ONE THING your mum has ever said to you that has left a big impact in your life?

 

  1. Tag me in a photo of you and your mum on Instagram and share with us what your mum says!
  2. Don’t forget to hashtag #MyMumSays so that I can read all of your posts!

CAN’T WAIT!

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